Saudi Arabia is Barbaric and Inhuman

Thursday, November 15th, 2007 4:36 pm by Neal

We recently had a discussion with an openly-Socialist American who defended Islam and Islamic countries. When we pointed out the fact that Islamic countries enslave women, the Socialist shrugged it off as just “their culture.”

Well here’s a story that makes our point. From Saudi punishes gang rape victim with 200 lashes:

A court in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The 19-year-old woman — whose six armed attackers have been sentenced to jail terms — was initially ordered to undergo 90 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape,” the Arab News reported.

But in a new verdict issued after Saudi Arabia’s Higher Judicial Council ordered a retrial, the court in the eastern town of Al-Qatif more than doubled the number of lashes to 200.

A court source told the English-language Arab News that the judges had decided to punish the woman further for “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.”

Saudi Arabia enforces a strict Islamic doctrine known as Wahhabism and forbids unrelated men and women from associating with each other, bans women from driving and forces them to cover head-to-toe in public.

Last year, the court sentenced six Saudi men to between one and five years in jail for the rape as well as ordering lashes for the victim, a member of the minority Shiite community.

This woman is sentenced to prison and to 200 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape.” We consider such a prohibition prima facie evidence that Saudi women are enslaved. Moreover, a civilized society would conclude that being gang-raped by six men is punishment enough for such an “infraction.” To treat a victim of such a brutal rape in this manner is barbaric and inhuman. Anybody who doesn’t understand that is an idiot.

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